House Rules

House Rules

The Laws of the Five Deeps

The final phase of our scientific research, is to consider and contextualise the results from each of the Five Deeps, and the other areas visited, as part of the global data set.

By comparing data from similar depths at different dive sites, for example, we may identify features, behaviours or characteristics of a species that are shared globally, compared to those that only hold true at a local level. By standardising our observations over gradients of depth, temperature, food supply, latitude, and seismicity we can disentangle local from global phenomena.

Distinguishing between global and local phenomena is vitally important in our understanding the deepest 50% of the oceans to allow to know when and where we can or can’t extrapolate from shallower systems, and where the future of hadal sampling is best targeted.